A guide for healthcare facilities in Las Vegas

Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new ruling: “Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers.” The Emergency Preparedness final rule went into full effect on November 15, 2017, and requires all covered entities to create, implement, and practice an emergency preparedness plan. This mandate encompasses 17 providers/suppliers and facilities commonly seen throughout the health care industry.

If your business falls into one of the following categories, having an emergency preparedness plan is essential to comply with the new ruling.

1. Hospitals
2. Religious Nonmedical Health Care Institutions
3. Ambulatory Surgical Centers
4. Hospices
5. Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities
6. All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
7. Transplant Centers
8. Long-Term Care Facilities
9. Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

10. Home Health Agencies
11. Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
12. Critical Access Hospitals
13. Clinics, Rehabilitation Agencies, and Public Health Agencies as Providers of Outpatient Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
14. Community Mental Health Centers
15. Organ Procurement Organizations
16. Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers
17. End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities

Many businesses in and around Las Vegas fall under these categories as defined by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and each one comes with its own stipulations as outlined by the Emergency Preparedness requirement. Committing to the safety and protection of clients and employees should remain a high priority, and meeting the new compliance mandate is not as hard as it seems. However, this task is often left to frontline personnel with little to no information or resources on how to implement it. This is the first in a series of articles that will provide basic insight into the requirements as set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and some ways to think on how your facility can implement them.

Emergency preparedness for your business

For those facilities in Las Vegas, we are fortunate that the frequency of natural disasters remains low. Growing trends of man-made events, however, has driven the need for emergency planning into the mainstream. Active shooters, fires, technological disasters, water failures, power outages, and many more issues can have severe impacts on the variety of healthcare facilities throughout Las Vegas. Whether you are a large hospital, a dentist office, a medical practice, or a small home health agency, the need to have an emergency preparedness plan in place is not only critical, it is now being mandated. Additionally, it is essential that these plans be practiced in order for staff to remain proficient with the elements of the emergency preparedness plan and be ready to respond to those negative events when they occur.

The next parts of the series will examine the major concepts of the CMS mandate, provide some insight into their purpose, and finally provide some thought in how your business can approach meeting the requirements set forth in the final ruling. Here at Crisis Ready Group, we are committed to increasing the resilience of the community in which we live. If you have any questions about the ruling, are looking to create an emergency preparedness plan, need help in creating or exercising your plan, or just want to discuss this matter, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. Crisis Ready Group is here to meet your needs and we are dedicated to “Improving Ready!”

For more information about the various sections outlined in the Emergency Preparedness Requirements, check out the following:

  • Part 1: Meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements
  • Part 2: Emergency Preparedness Requirement – Risk Assessment (upcoming)
  • Part 3: Emergency Preparedness Requirement – Emergency Planning (upcoming)
  • Part 4: Emergency Preparedness Requirement – Policies and Procedures (upcoming)
  • Part 5: Emergency Preparedness Requirement – Communications Plan (upcoming)
  • Part 6: Emergency Preparedness Requirement – Training and Testing (upcoming)